Sick Putin ‘doesn’t have a long life ahead of him’, say spies in Kremlin

New concerns about the health of Russian leader Vladimir Putin come from a top Ukrainian intelligence official, suggesting he does not have much time left.

Major General Kyrylo O. Budanov says that Putin is suffering from several "grave" illnesses and "doesn't have a long life ahead of him.”

Budanov claims to have a network of spies inside the Kremlin, providing him with information about Putin.

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Based on this “human intelligence”, Budanov speculates that the Russian leader has perhaps two years left to live.

Budanov had previously told Sky News that Putin was suffering from cancer.

The Kremlin has strenuously denied the numerous reports that Putin is suffering from serious health issues. The last time official Russian sources acknowledged that the leader was ill was in 2012, when Putin missed several major public occasions.

Budanov has said that Ukraine was on the brink of major victories with significant “wins” expected by August.

Ukrainian advances would “eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation,” he said, and the coup had “already been launched.”

Former CIA Moscow station boss Daniel Hoffman says a secretive plot to oust Putin could already be in progress.

No-one will see it coming, Hoffman predicts – least of all Putin himself.

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The “hammer blow” will come out of the blue with the plotters striking before Putin suspects them.

After four months of fighting in Ukraine, Russia has lost some 20,000 troops.

The Russian economy has been hit hard by Western sanctions, with experts predicting that the Russian economy will undergo a major contraction with imports into the country down by 40%.

Meanwhile Budanov was upbeat about Ukraine’s chances: ”The defence of Ukraine has been going on for four months, and the defence of Sieverodonetsk has been going on for a little bit over four weeks,” he said.

“Our forces there will not be destroyed, this will not happen."

"This is only a tactical regroup,” he added, “and, as you can see, a tactical regroup is going on in Ukraine as a whole. In certain areas of the frontline we are successfully counterattacking, in certain areas of the frontline we are successfully defending”.

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